Sushil Kumar Shinde is set to celebrate his 75th birthday in style next month. The birthday is being organised in his hometown Solapur, which he represented in Lok Sabha thrice.
Remember Sushil Kumar Shinde? He was the Home Minister in the Manmohan Singh government, and the Leader of the house in Lok Sabha until 26 May 2014. Having kept a low profile since the UPA went out of office, Shinde is back in news again. According to Indian Express, he is set to celebrate his 75th birthday in style next month. The birthday is being organised in his hometown Solapur, which he represented in Lok Sabha thrice. Who all will be present? That is yet to be disclosed but sources have revealed that President Pranab Mukherjee and several top Congress leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad have confirmed their presence.
Shinde won the Maharashtra state assembly elections in 1978, 1980, 1985 and 1990. He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra during July 1992 to March 1998. In 2002, Shinde lost the election for the post of Vice-President of India contesting against the National Democratic Alliance candidate Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. He served as the chief minister of Maharashtra from 2003 to 2004 before being appointed as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh on 30 October 2004 replacing Surjit Singh Barnala, who became the Governor of Tamil Nadu. He left the office on 29 January 2006. He became the leader of the ruling party in Lok Sabha after his predecessor Pranab Mukherjee was elected President of India. Shinde served as Power minister of India from 2006–2012. In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he was defeated with a margin of 149,674 votes by Sharad Bansode of BJP.